main menu

How to change your car oil

22 STEPS

If you’re tired of taking the car into the mechanic for a simple oil change, you’re in luck. Changing the oil in your vehicle is simple.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Ask a friend to help you drive up onto a ramp to elevate the car

Step

Slowly roll into a safe position and put the car in park with the parking brake engaged.

Place some blocks behind the rear tires for added security from rolling.

Step

Turn the engine off and allow the car to cool

Step

Open the hood of the car

Find the oil fill cap and screw it off. Set it aside somewhere safe so you don't lose it!

Step

Use a funnel and pour the engine flush additive into the crankcase

The flush will help remove all the sludge/gunk from the internal engine components

Step

Screw the oil cap back on

With the vehicle in park, let it run for about 5 minutes to let the flush take effect

Step

Turn the car off and take the oil cap off again. Go underneath the vehicle.

Step

Find the drain plug

Step

Place an oil pan under the drain plug

Step

Slowly unscrew the drain plug using the box end wrench

Step

Give the oil a few minutes to drain

Step

Place your new Sure Drain Plug into the oil pan and twist on the protective dust cap

Step

Move the drain pan so it's under the oil filter

Grab your oil filter wrench

Step

Remove the oil filter with your oil filter wrench

Ensure the oil filter gasket comes off with the filter. If it doesn’t, remove it.

Step

Coat gasket to ensure a better seal

Step

Install the new oil filter, and tighten it up according to your vehicle’s specifications

Check in with a Canadian Tire Parts Pro for assistance

Step

Now, fill the crankcase with new oil

Always use the type and grade of oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer

Step

Screw the oil fill cap back on - get back in the car and start it up

Step

Leave the car running and take a quick look under the car to make sure there is no oil leaking from the filter or the drain plug

Step

Turn off the car and head back under the hood

Step

Pull out the dipstick and clean it off and put it back.

Check to see if you've poured enough oil into your vehicle by pulling out the dipstick one final time to ensure the correct levels are met. Add more oil if required.

Step

Close the hood and you're done!